- the act of inspecting or viewing, especially carefully or critically: an inspection of all luggage on the plane.
- formal or official viewing or examination: an inspection of the troops.
Origin of inspection
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Word Origin and History for pre-inspection
late 14c., from Old French inspeccion "inspection, examination" (13c.), from Latin inspectionem (nominative inspectio) "a looking into," noun of action from past participle stem of inspicere "look into, inspect, examine," from in- "into" (see in- (2)) + specere "to look" (see scope (n.1)).